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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 06:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK, like most people I've grown eating chicken, steak, and all the most commonly known meat products, and I still continue to do so.

After visiting websites like this one:
http://www.meat.org/

...and witnessing the horrifying ways how animals are constantly mistreated and abused in the meat industry, it truly makes me feel like I should go vegetarian, although I have to admit that it's hard to break a habit that I've had for my entire life.

So for all of you guys who have considered going vegetarian, tell us about your expierences, and even for those who were raised vegetarians, please feel free to share your points of view.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 06:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm a vegetarian myself and I can't say it is that hard (even though I was a big fan of meat, I just loved it). There is lots of delicious 'vega'food, like vega burgers etc. Sometimes I do feel like eating chickenwings or something...but I can resist it :) It would be a great thing if you'd become a vegetarian, not only for the animals, but also for your health. It's much healthier than eating meat.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 07:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MR wrote:

It would be a great thing if you'd become a vegetarian, not only for the animals, but also for your health. It's much healthier than eating meat.


- Is this actually true?

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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 07:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know how to explain what I'm going to say, but I see it like this....

I hate it when I see those pictures on websites of animals being killed. Yet I still eat meat, its tasty and chicken is good for you. Red meat a little less good for you.

I've been brought up where everyone around me eats meat. I'm not aware of anyone in my family that are vegetarians. But myself, I don't know how I could quit and be a vegetarian.



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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 08:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

.DeaconJohn. wrote:

MR wrote:

It would be a great thing if you'd become a vegetarian, not only for the animals, but also for your health. It's much healthier than eating meat.


- Is this actually true?


Vegetarians are at lower risk from heart diseases, cancer, for example. They have lower cholesterol levels in their blood etc. Eating a lot of meat isn't good for you (I'm not saying eating meat once in a while is bad, I don't know about that but it still is healthier not to eat meat, at least when you get all the nutrients you need)..there's a lot of cholesterol in it etc. you will get fat faster.

http://goveg.com/healthConcerns.asp

If you consider still eating meat, then eat organic meat. Those animals had at least somewhat better lives than the ones from factory farms.



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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 08:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I could actually be considered a vegetarian just by the fact that I NEVER eat meat and don't even think about it. Hell, I don't even drink milk. xD For me it's nothing to do with vegetarianism, I don't believe, it's just that I've got a terrible diet.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 08:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mmmmmm....oooo...finally interesting topic. Last year I haven't eat any of meat for 40 days and it was not hard at all. Yes It's true that people who are vegetarians are living healthier life but I'm not that kind of person, I'm not into 'healthy life'. That means I wouldn't drink at weekends, be smoking every day and stuff..I'm just doing things that I like.

But lets go back to the topic. I was actually thinking becoming vegetarian but only reason would be love to animals. Like Jessie I was also brought up where everyone around me are eating meat, but that doesn't mean nothing to me. I don't know I guess I will need to think twice about that whole vegetarian thing, to see is that really something that I want.




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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How about the pain that these poor plants feel when they are cut down in the prime of life? Does anyone ever give a moment's thought to that? The suffering? How do we know that these plants aren't scared shitless?

Anyway, I could never do it, I'm not a veggie person, veggies taste like poo.

That, and I really don't see the point of processing so called veggies into hamburger shapes, with hamburger flavor...

If you're gonna go to all that trouble, just go ahead and have a damn real one.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My father was a wholesale butcher so we grew up on meat. Now, the only 'meat' I eat is fish. My vegetarian dishes aren't elaborate but then, I'm of Italian descent, so I've been trained in the art of pasta. :-)

Several ethnic cookbooks offer vegetarian recipes and, honestly, when it's done right, you wouldn't feel like you're missing anything. I cook a lot of Chinese and Indian as well as Italian, and we never feel cheated.

If you're interested, there's an organization dedicated to rescuing downed farm animals. I have a standing monthly donation to them and receive their newsletters. They offer vegan cookbooks (which are much more strict than vegetarian) and proceeds go to supporting the animals they rescue.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/




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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

since vegans don't eat meat, how do they get proteins without the use of vitamin supplements? we all know that meat's the greatest source for protein.

just curious. :)

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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="green"><b> chickenlicious! wrote:

since vegans don't eat meat, how do they get proteins without the use of vitamin supplements? we all know that meat's the greatest source for protein.

just curious. :)


Well, there's a big difference between a vegan and a vegetarian.

Vegetarians won't eat animal meat, but vegans take it a little bit to the extreme by not consuming any products that come from animals including dairy, eggs, and even honey.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've often considered going vegetarian, in fact it was only the other day I stopped eating my dinner because I realised it was part of a dead sheep, but I suppose when it comes down to it, I really do like meat. I have about 4 or 5 members of my family who are vegetarian, two of which eat fish, so if I ever did decide to go vegetarian, I would definitely stay eating fish. Yes, I'm sure they have feelings too, but it's the way animals are farmed which bothers me.

In my house we have organic free range meat, egg, and milk, so at least that way we know that no battery farming was been involved, and when I'm out I mostly to stick to vegetarian stuff, or fish.

But yes, perhaps when I move out next year, I mighty try going vegetarian. It seems fairer really.

Oh yeah, and foie gras should be banned. The very idea of disgusts me.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

okay lemme rephrase that.

where do vegetarians get their source of protein, when meat is the greatest source of it?

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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 09:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="green"><b> chickenlicious! wrote:

since vegans don't eat meat, how do they get proteins without the use of vitamin supplements? we all know that meat's the greatest source for protein.

just curious. :)

There's a lot of protein in eggs, beans, pulses and nuts. Also in TVP and Quorn and whatnot.

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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 10:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote




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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

magicalfreddiemercury wrote:

My father was a wholesale butcher so we grew up on meat. Now, the only 'meat' I eat is fish. My vegetarian dishes aren't elaborate but then, I'm of Italian descent, so I've been trained in the art of pasta. :-)

Several ethnic cookbooks offer vegetarian recipes and, honestly, when it's done right, you wouldn't feel like you're missing anything. I cook a lot of Chinese and Indian as well as Italian, and we never feel cheated.

If you're interested, there's an organization dedicated to rescuing downed farm animals. I have a standing monthly donation to them and receive their newsletters. They offer vegan cookbooks (which are much more strict than vegetarian) and proceeds go to supporting the animals they rescue.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/



Farmsanctuary looks like such a great organization! I want to adopt a turkey they are so cute!!


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="green"><b> chickenlicious! wrote:

since vegans don't eat meat, how do they get proteins without the use of vitamin supplements? we all know that meat's the greatest source for protein.

just curious. :)


The proteins and omega-3 fatty acids and such are in soja and maybe more things I don't know. I eat soya burgers almost every day. i don't take supplements...

Oh I just say Freya already posted something about it.

You're right foie gras should be banned. It's the very worst.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 10:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've never considered going vegetarian to be honest...because I don't like enough vegetables to survive if I did. I mean, I'm big into pasta and fruits and things and there are a lot of times when I'll got for a few days without eating any meat at all.
Just remember to watch your cholesterol if you do go vegetarian, Dan. I cannot tell you how many people my mom has seen in the ER because they had heart attacks and they were totally confused about it because they were vegetarians. You've got to eat the eggs and beans and stuff for the protein, but they are also very high in bad cholesterol.


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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="#FF00FF">its_a_hard_life wrote:

I've been brought up where everyone around me eats meat. I'm not aware of anyone in my family that are vegetarians. But myself, I don't know how I could quit and be a vegetarian.


Easily! You can do the research, and make the decision for yourself. Just because they're family doesn't mean they're infallible and that everything they brought you up with is correct on every level.

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How about the pain that these poor plants feel when they are cut down in the prime of life? Does anyone ever give a moment's thought to that? The suffering? How do we know that these plants aren't scared shitless?


As much as you're joking, there are people who do think like that. They're called fruitarians. They only eat fruit, with the belief that the fruit and only the fruit naturally fell off the tree for us to eat.

<font color="green"><b> chickenlicious! wrote:

since vegans don't eat meat, how do they get proteins without the use of vitamin supplements? we all know that meat's the greatest source for protein.

just curious. :)


http://www.abbottnorthwestern.com/ac/transcript.nsf/alltopics/FoodsProtein

There you go... there are plenty of alternatives!



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Posted: 27 Oct 07, 11:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

those 'fruitarians' are quite extreme lol!! Plants don't even have a nerve system and brain, so how can they feel pain? I never knew there was something like a fruitarian lol


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